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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
 
III. Ozymandias
By Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822)
 
I MET a traveller from an antique land,
Who said: “Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,        5
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive (stamped on these lifeless things)
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed;
And on the pedestal these words appear:—
‘My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:        10
Look on my works, ye mighty! and despair!’
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away!”
 
 
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